Category: Teaching Learning Assessments

Pack the Essentials

When you go on a trip, you intentionally pack certain items to take along.  Doing this helps you feel comfortable and prepared to get the most out of the trip.  Travel sites abound with tips of what to take, what to leave at home, and how to solve the most common dilemmas.  This fall, I’ve…


A Nice Merge: A Smart Card, SAMR, Checklist & 21st Century Skills

As I said in an earlier blog post this fall, the vision for the curriculum or technology coach must align with the district’s instructional vision.  In the same stead, shouldn’t the vision of 21st Century instruction by teachers align with the district vision? I thought about this as I pondered our week’s question, “What skills,…


Fostering a Future Ready District

The triggering question for this module was, “How do we define 21st century learning, and how can we use the definition in our coaching work?”  When I think of 21st century learning, I think of the ending of the year 2000 and the Y2K worry of whether technology would survive the transition to January 1,…


Peer Coaching: Consider This

In my last blog post I emphasized the need for a district vision for the work of the coach. This week, I’m going to examine another crucial piece that will lead to success, well-developed communication and collaboration skills. In Peer Coaching: Unlocking the Power of Collaboration, Les Foltos (2013) states, “I have asked asked hundreds…


Is Peachjar Peachy?

Peachjar is a tool that my district and thousands of districts utilize for communication to families. It is an eflyer management system, meaning it sends flyers that were traditionally printed and sent home with students to parents’ email inboxes instead. This leads to less classroom disruption for the students and teacher and more office staff time…


Parent Communication Tool Review

(click diagram to view live) The tool I’m trying out for my resolution of this week’s question is RealTimeBoard. It provided me endless workspace and allowed me to embed videos and pictures easily.  The templates available were also nice to look through to get ideas for organizing my information.  The comment bubbles added a subtle…


Information Opportunity or Information Overload

As I approach the midway point of the course I’m taking, Teaching, Learning, and Assessment, the concept that is sticking with me the most is the idea of where knowledge comes from in the classroom of 2016. As Bates (n.d) points out in his text, we have moved far from an isolated objectivist and behaviorist…


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